Hays County reported one new COVID-19-related fatality along with seven new hospitalizations and 10 hospital discharges, bringing the total hospitalized up to 12. The data reflects the period from Dec. 14-20

The Hays County Local Health Department reported one new COVID-19-related fatality in the seven-day period—a San Marcos woman in her 70s.

There were 295 new cases confirmed by the county between Dec. 14-20, and 185 residents were considered recovered in that time, bringing the current active total up to 474. Last week’s active total was 271.

Of the 12 people hospitalized, 11 are unvaccinated.

Of those in the hospital, two are in the intensive care unit on ventilators; six are in the ICU without a ventilator, and the remaining four are not ICU patients. One vaccinated patient is in the ICU without a ventilator. Hays County includes residents with at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine as vaccinated in their reports.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County has now reached 31,016 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 670 have occurred in the past 21 days, up from the previous week’s report.

Hays County reported 296,456 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 411 fatalities.

The Texas Department of State Health Services now reports total vaccine counts based on those 5 years old and up instead of 12 years old and up. The total number of Hays County residents 5 years old and up with at least one vaccine dose is now 72.92%, and 62.27% of residents are fully vaccinated. About 99.99% of Hays County residents 65 years old and older received at least one dose, and 92.91% of that population is fully vaccinated.

Both Hays and San Marcos CISDs keep a COVID-19 dashboard of cases. HCISD reported 27 active student cases and 10 active staff cases prior to letting out for the Christmas holiday.

SMCISD reported two active student cases Dec. 13-17 and one active staff case.

The prior week three active student cases and one active staff case were reported.